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This Easy Pumpkin Tomato Sauce is ready in under 30 minutes and is a great way to enjoy a meatless meal any day of the week. This pumpkin pasta sauce is vegan, gluten-free and has no added sugar. Perfect over pasta, spiralized veggie noodles or even pizza!
♪ Start spreading the news…it’s pumpkin season.
I want to be a part of it…pumpkin, pumpkin ♫
As you can probably tell, what I love most about fall is that it’s perfectly acceptable to add pumpkin to everything, including song lyrics! Um, I mean…tomato sauce! 🙂
We’ve seriously gone pumpkin crazy over here in the Hall house, cooking and baking with canned pumpkin puree like it’s the best thing since sliced bread! Um, well…it kinda is! 😉
I decided I wanted to make a savory pumpkin pasta dish, but with a tomato-based sauce rather than a creamy one.
The result? A thick and flavorful sauce without adding any dairy that has just enough pumpkin without overpowering the tomato-y flavor. It also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and contains no added sugar.
What kind of pasta pairs well with this pumpkin tomato sauce?
I decided to pair this sauce with a red lentil penne by Barilla.
This pasta is both gluten-free and grain-free (made with one ingredient – red lentil flour) and boasts 13 grams of protein per 2-ounce serving.
The sweet and nutty flavor of the lentil pasta perfectly complements this hearty sauce.
Of course, you can use any pasta type and shape of your choosing.
This sauce is also great for spaghetti or even spiralized sweet potato or zucchini noodles.
It’s also a tasty way to add a fall-inspired twist to pizza night!
How to make pumpkin pasta sauce
Start by heating olive oil over medium heat. Add diced shallot and cook for approximately 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until shallot becomes translucent.
Next add crushed tomatoes, pumpkin puree, parsley, oregano, nutmeg and kosher salt.
Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on medium to medium-low for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand for 1-2 minutes before removing the cover, as the sauce will splatter as it cooks due to the thickness.
Stir well before serving. Garnish as desired with your favorite toppings such as fresh herbs, crushed red pepper, vegan Parmesan cheese or non-vegan grated cheese if you’re not vegan.
How to store leftovers
Leftover sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can the sauce be frozen?
Yes, this sauce can be frozen for up to 6 months. Be sure to store it in an airtight container and fully thaw it in the refrigerator before reheating.
Reheating the sauce
The sauce is best reheated on the stovetop in a covered pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
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Easy Pumpkin Tomato Sauce
- Start by heating olive oil over medium heat in a 3- or 4-quart saucepan.
- Add diced shallot and cook for approximately 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until shallot becomes translucent.
- Add crushed tomatoes, pumpkin puree, parsley, oregano, nutmeg and kosher salt. Stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on medium to medium-low for 20 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let stand for 1-2 minutes before removing the cover as the sauce will splatter as it cooks due to the thickness. Stir well before serving. Serve and garnish as desired.
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